Heads up for undergrads at Career Carnival 2008

Skudai, 11th March: This year’s Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Career Carnival saw 60 companies taking part, with hundreds of students and visitors checking out the services offered. The carnival was organized by UTM’s Career and Counseling Centre (PKK) in collaboration with the Counseling and Career Club, Student Affairs and Alumni Office and the office of Academics and Internationalization.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), Prof. Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir officiated the carnival which was held at the Sultan Iskandar Hall, UTM Skudai. The fair started on the 10th to 13th of March 2008.

With this year’s carnival theme ‘Challenge Yourself for an Optimum Future’, it is meant to push, inspire and encourage the graduates to pursue their career beyond the technical boundary globally. The carnival allows UTM graduates have extra edge in securing technical related jobs.

Siti Hamisah in her officiating speech said that “Career carnivals such as this aims to provide platform for graduating student to explore and broaden their career and job possibilities with the participating companies involved”.

We have quite a big number of our graduates working with multinational companies and they are based in the US, Europe, China, Middle East and Singapore” She added.

Representatives of participating corporations held interviews for prospective employees. There are also career talks given by participating companies which had an amazing response from the students.

According to the Deputy Director of the program, Norazrina Mohd Salleh the response from the students was so unexpected during career talk sessions. ”The Students shown great interest in these talks, we had to add more seats for them. Even students who have graduated attended the carnival to seek a better job opportunity”, she said.

More than 10, 000 résumé’s were collected before the carnival to allow the companies to screen suitable candidates to be interviewed. The committee of the carnival took the initiative of collecting the resumes by conducting a road tour around faculties and by organizing activities to promote the carnival.

The Carnival aims to attract final year students and also students who will undergo their industrial training. By attending this carnival it is hoped that the students will be able to find their placing in the job market.


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